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Vice Chair Beyer on June Jobs Report: “We are still nearly 15 million jobs in the hole.”

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 4.8 million in June and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. The unemployment rate was 15.4% for Black workers and 14.5% for Hispanic workers. The 4.8 million new nonfarm jobs... Read more »

July 4: Beyer Urges Northern Virginians To Stay Home

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Rep. Don Beyer, who represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital in Congress, issued the following statement today on Independence Day festivities ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend: “This weekend Americans across our region and the country will celebrate the birth of our nation in Philadelphia 244 years ago. Washington and other cities will see fireworks, martial disp... Read more »

Beyer Urges Virginia Supreme Court To Suspend New Eviction Cases

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today wrote to Donald Lemons, Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, seeking a resumption of the Court’s recently-expired moratorium on eviction cases in Virginia. Beyer’s letter came as Virginians faced rent payment deadlines amid economic devastation caused by the global pandemic. Beyer wrote: “We are in the midst of the worst economic disaster since the Great Depress... Read more »

House Passes Landmark Wildlife Protection Legislation In Infrastructure Package

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) hailed the passage of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, which was included in the text of in H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, broad infrastructure legislation which passed in the House of Representatives today. The landmark wildlife protection bill would authorize federal agencies to designate National Wildlife Corridors on federal lands to boo... Read more »

House Passes Sweeping Infrastructure Investment Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today applauded the House’s bipartisan passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, broad transportation and infrastructure legislation. Beyer voted for the bill, which contained a number of provisions he authored. Beyer serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which helped develop the bill. Beyer’s contributions to the House-passed infrastructure bill include: HR 2795,... Read more »

Beyer Legislation Featured In Climate Crisis Action Plan

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Rep. Don Beyer today hailed the release of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis action plan, “Solving The Climate Crisis.” The plan recommended the adoption of legislation previously introduced by Beyer: HR 5162, the Green Vehicle Adoption Nationwide (VAN) Act, which would use tax credits to boost production of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, in the section “Building Block: Provide a Nati... Read more »

Beyer Welcomes Schumer/Wyden Bill to Extend Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

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Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement about the introduction today of the American Workforce Rescue Act by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR). The legislation would extend enhanced unemployment benefits past the July 31, 2020 expiration date and... Read more »

Beyer Votes to Pass Patient Protection & Affordable Care Enhancement Act

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Rep. Beyer today joined House Democrats to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and lower health costs and prescription drug prices for all Americans by voting for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. The House passed the bill, which contains Beyer’s legislation to protect individuals with preexisting conditions, days after the Trump Administration filed a brief asking t... Read more »

New Report Highlights Dangers in Administration’s Proposed “Return-to-work Bonus”

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Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a report, “The Administration’s 'Return-to-Work Bonus' Is No Substitute for Enhanced Unemployment Benefits,” showing that millions of unemployed workers would be left without the economic support they need if the Trump administration succeeds in replacing the $600 weekly F... Read more »

Beyer Introduces Climate Legislation To Reduce Emissions Using Federal Procurement Process

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U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the federal government through procurement processes. The Smarter Purchasing Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lead key government departments in a study to determine how to reflect the larger cost of carbon, also known as “shadow pricing,” when contracting for infr... Read more »